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Chicago in the Age of Capital: Class, Politics, and Democracy during the Civil War and Reconstruction

John B. Jentz and Richard Schneirov


This book, a sweeping interpretive history of mid-nineteenth-century Chicago, traces the evolution of a modern social order. Combining historical and political detail with a theoretical frame, the book examines the dramatic capitalist transition in Chicago during the critical decades from the 1850s through the 1870s, a period that saw the rise of a permanent wage worker class and the formation of an industrial upper class. The book demonstrates how a new political economy, based on wage labor and capital accumulation in manufacturing, superseded an older mercantile economy that relied on specu ... More

Keywords: Chicago, modern social order, capitalist transition, wage worker class, industrial upper class, wage labor, capital accumulation, manufacturing, democratic politics, capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036835
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John B. Jentz, author
Marquette University

Richard Schneirov, author
Indiana State University